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PSYC21008 - Clinical Practice 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Clinical Practice 2 is designed to provide you with advanced practice skills required for the professional competencies in clinical psychology specified by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and to prepare you for the Registrar Program to gain an Area of Practice Endorsement in Clinical Psychology with the Psychology Board of Australia. By the completion of Clinical Practice 2, it is expected that you will demonstrate competencies including the ability to apply knowledge of the discipline to practice with minimal supervision; adherence to ethical, legal and professional practice requirements; competency in assessment and evidence-based interventions with a narrow range of clients at moderate severity levels; good communication skills with clients and other professionals, and demonstrated ability to critically self-reflect on your practice.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites Students must be enrolled in CM49 Master of Clinical Psychology (Advanced Entry) OR Students must be enrolled in CG17 Master of Clinical Psychology and meet the following pre and co-requisites: Pre-requisite: PSYC21007. Co-requisites: PSYC21004 and PSYC21002

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Professional Practice Placement 0%
2. Reflective Practice Assignment 0%
3. Presentation 0%
4. Case Study 0%
5. Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs) 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 75.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 33.33% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Moodle
Excellent supervision quality.
Continue to provide high-quality individual, group and clinic supervision to support student learning.
Action Taken
The supervisory team has continued to provide high-quality supervision this year.
Source: Moodle
The facilities in the clinic need to be improved to have more space, toilets and a lunchroom.
To expand the clinic to include more consultation rooms, toilets and a lunchroom.
Action Taken
The clinic expansion completed before the commencement of Term 1, 2022 included the addition of 5 more consultation rooms, toilets and a lunchroom.
Source: Moodle
Expectations for report writing format varies between supervisors.
Develop a set of consistent standards for supervisors to apply to report writing expectations.
Action Taken
Supervisors developed a set of consistent standards and clear expectations for report writing, documented in the new 'Guide to Completing a Comprehensive Needs Assessment' complied by the supervisory team.
Source: Student feedback in class
Students indicated that Team Time was a valuable addition to the placement that supported their learning.
Continue Team Time as part of the placement.
Action Taken
Team time continued this year (one hour/week) with students using the time to share learning and do 'snack writing' to keep up with their assessment report writing.
Source: Unit Evaluation Report
The lecturer provided excellent feedback and was very approachable if there were any concerns or queries
Continue to provide clear and timely feedback on tasks and be responsive to queries.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Evaluation Report and In-class feedback
The unit was well organised. Students liked the balance between case presentation and group discussion/supervision in class.
Retain the unit structure and organisation with a balance between case presentions and group discussion/supervision.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Perform clinical psychology assessment, intervention and associated activities.
  2. Apply ethical decision-making in clinical psychological practice
  3. Communicate effectively and professionally with clients, specialist and non-specialist audiences
  4. Reflect critically on knowledge, skills and ability to provide psychological services

This unit forms part of the Master of Clinical Psychology course accredited by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council. 

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Professional Practice Placement
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment
3 - Presentation
4 - Case Study
5 - Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8